Family … my overall understanding of family was formed primarily from the family in which I was reared. In my case, it was a traditional family consisting of two parents (as well as extended family relations) who lovingly nurtured my siblings and me. Not until later in life did I realize what a gift my parents gave me.
My dad’s upbringing was fairly traditional as well. The section entitled Blood Type / Stricker is designed as a tribute to my dad and his heritage.
In contrast to my dad’s family, my mom’s situation was less traditional and included family disruption from an early age. Still, hers is a story of God’s provision amid disconnection and loss. The section Blood Type / West celebrates and honors my mother and her family.